Off on my travels again

Yawn yawn, have to go to Paris on work trip.  Getting no sympathy whatsoever.  But seriously I had planned to spend more time writing in July before going off on holiday at the end of the month.  It’s the usual tension between the day job which pays the bills and the writing.   However I am keeping some writing going even if it’s not a major opus.  I’ve been producing verse on a fairly regular basis and committing my morning thoughts to paper several times a week.   And then there’s this of course.  I may be able to post some entries while away this week but I plan to go offline completely when on holiday – mobile on only once a day, no internet, NO WATCH.

Everyday life demands a level of clockwatching which makes it very challenging to be, zen-like, in the here and now.  I know I’ve unwound when I’ve stopped looking at my watch.  So I speed the process up by removing it altogether unless I’m  meeting a friend or catching a train. 

It must be some sort of personal obsession.  When I was 16, I won a sonnet-writing competition for young persons, run by the Spectator.  Mine was entitled ‘Time’ and was a somewhat pretentious piece of fustion although an accurate sonnet.  That’s probably why I won – few other young persons were so deeply sad as to have mastered the verse form when they should have been out getting up to mischief!  ( I did manage some mischief as well.)

Must have another go.  It’s a wonderful form and a great discipline.  I love modern poems which are either sonnets or loosely based on the form.  George Barker’s one ‘To My Mother’ is well known but worth revisiting.  A bientot!

3 Responses to “Off on my travels again”


  1. 1 chris July 15, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    I remember that sonnet! And yes, I did wonder about your mastering the form when I hadn’t got round to working out what it was …
    My compulsion these days is to share – which is why I ended up moblogging from Colonsay! It was simply so beautiful I wanted to say “Oh – look!”, and so I did, via my phone.

    Enjoy yourself!

  2. 2 abf July 17, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Was it an Italian or an English sonnet?

  3. 3 alisonwriting July 30, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    I seem to remember it being English but would need to look it out and check!


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